Oxomoco: The Wood-Fired Mexican Cuisine Greenpoint Needs

Oxomoco interior. Photo: Megan Penmann
Oxomoco’s airy yet cozy interior with a view inside the kitchen at the back. All photos: Megan Penmann

Do you want to give your tastebuds an ass kicking? Well then. Oxomoco is here and they’d love to have a word, er, meal with you.

The dynamic wood-fired Mexican tacqueria (128 Greenpoint Avenue) will enchant you with their spicy margs, but you’ll want to stay for their savory tacos and decadent chocolate desserts. We took a spin around the new airy and vivacious space and did loads of taste testing and cocktail sipping. Our verdict? It’s simply d-i-v-i-n-e.

Watermelon margarita

Oxomoco is the creation of Speedy Romeo chef Justin Bazdarich and restaurateur Chris Walton. With high ceilings, lots of bar seating, cozy booths, and spacious tables, this spot is great for solo dining, dates, or group dinners. The breezy new restaurant boasts wood-fired dishes, artfully crafted cocktails, smokey flavors, ample bar space, and loads of date night ambience.

Spiced Mango Margarita

Naturally, we started with the cocktails. Personally, the spicy mango margarita was my absolute favorite, but the frozen Paloma came in a very close second. We opened the night with some bar snacks and the smoked mango was tasty and full of texture and flavor.

Smoked Mango

Then, came the apps. We sampled the guacamole, the soy marinated tuna tostada, and the shrimp ceviche tostada. Don’t pass up the guac – the smoked cherry tomatoes and queso fresco make the dish sing. We also liked how the appetizer is served with larger-than-life tortilla chips that diners break into their own sections. The tuna tostada was my favorite pick out of the apps with its soy flavors and the sesame really set it off. The shrimp ceviche was also quite tasty but for those who are a little mayo-phobic, you might want to pass on it. Regardless, the tart flavors and the shrimp are top-notch.

Oxomoco Guacamole
Soy Marinated Tuna Tostada
Shrimp Ceviche Tostada

After the apps and a watermelon marg (which was super refreshing), it was time to get down to business with some tacos. Let’s not mince any words here: the tacos were damn good. We tried the beet tacos, which are a great option for vegetarians. The crispy potatoes in the beet tacos added another level of flavors and texture. Yum! We followed those bites up with the lamb tacos and tuna tacos. The lamb was warm, smokey, and superb while the tuna was meaty, fresh, and vibrant.

Tuna Tacos
Lamb Barbacoa Tacos

And, no dinner would be complete without some delightful desserts. The hoja santa curd boasts smoked strawberry (spoiler alert: it’s amazing) with a super smooth finish. My favorite was the Oaxacan chocolate cake with coffee ice cream. The cake is so lush and creamy, and of course, over the moon with layers of flavor and dimension.

In short, the meal was one of the best and romantic dining experiences I had with some of my best gal pals. I’m already planning my next trip, where I want to try the soft shell crab tacos and the pineapple upside down cake. I’m pretty sure it’ll be nothing short of delicious. But, don’t just take my word for it, try it yourself.

Oxomoco | 128 Greenpoint Avenue

About Stephanie

Stephanie is a poet & pathological daydreamer. Her books Hotel Ghost and Waiting For the End of the World are available from Bottlecap Press.

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